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Japan's Algeria survivors, dead arrive in Tokyo

Published on Jan 25, 2013 8:12 AM
 
Officers bow their heads as they place flower bouquets on coffins of Algerian hostage crisis victims after they were unloaded from a government plane at the Haneda airport in Tokyo on Jan 25, 2013. A plane carrying seven survivors of the Algerian hostage crisis, along with nine of the country's ten dead, arrived back in a shell-shocked Japan on Jan 25. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - A plane carrying seven survivors of the Algerian hostage crisis, along with nine of the country's ten dead, arrived back in a shell-shocked Japan on Friday.

Anxious relatives awaited those who made it out of the In Amenas complex alive, amid a renewed national awareness of the perils of doing business in resource-rich, but unstable parts of the world.

The government-owned plane with its red sun livery touched down at Haneda Airport shortly before 7am (6am Singapore time) in warm winter sunshine.

Airport officials used black umbrellas to shield those getting off the plane from the glare of cameras, feeding the blanket media coverage in a country baffled by what happened half a world away.

 
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